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Former Presidential Aide, Reno Omokri Suggests Innovative Approach to Combat Corruption

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Reno Omokri, the Special Assistant to former President Goodluck Jonathan, renowned for his active engagement on social media to address Nigerian government projects and politics, has put forth a novel idea aimed at fostering ministerial accountability and transparency.

In a tweet posted on X (formerly Twitter) on Thursday, January 12th, Omokri proposed that wealthy Nigerians, such as Aliko Dangote and Femi Otedola, could play a pivotal role in promoting good governance and curbing corruption. He suggested the introduction of a $1 million annual prize for the best-performing minister in Nigeria.

According to Omokri, the financial contribution from these affluent individuals would be a mere fraction of their wealth, yet it could create a positive environment of healthy competition among ministers, motivating them to steer clear of corrupt practices.

To implement the idea, the proposed $1 million prize would be deposited into a high-yielding escrow account, held in trust for the respective minister until the expiration of their tenure. At that point, the minister would gain full access to the funds.

Omokri argued that establishing such a prize could prevent situations akin to the Betta Edu case and enhance overall service delivery. By significantly reducing corruption, the government could operate more efficiently, leading to improvements in the economy. Omokri emphasized that this initiative could be considered a form of corporate social responsibility for the billionaire donors.

The proposal resonates with ongoing discussions surrounding ways to boost transparency, accountability, and efficiency within the Nigerian government. Whether such an idea gains traction remains to be seen, but Omokri’s innovative approach sparks a conversation about novel strategies to address systemic issues.

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